Today in History May 14

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1027 – Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, king of France 1607 – First permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, Virginia 1610 – Assassination of Henri IV of France, bringing Louis XIII to the throne 1643 – Louis XIV becomes King of France aged four 1702 – England and Netherlands declare […]

May 8

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1450 – Jack Cade’s Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI 1541 – Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River 1784 – Only known deaths by hailstones in US in Winnsborough South Carolina 1792 – US establishes military draft 1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre 1878 – First unassisted triple play in organized
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Today in History May 3

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1715 – A total solar eclipse was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within 4 minutes accuracy. 1791 – The Constitution of May 3, the first modern constitution in Europe, is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1855 – […]

Today in History May 2

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1536 – King Henry VIII accused Anne Boleyn of adultery & incest 1776 – France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels 1833 – Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs 1865 – Pres Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis 1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of […]

Today in History May 1

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1006 – Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus 1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes first newspaper advertisement 1753 – Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. 1756 – France and Austria sign alliance 1757 –
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Today in History April 30

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311 – Emperor Galerius legally recognizes Christians in the Roman Empire 1492 – Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet 1789 – George Washington inaugurated as first president of US 1803 – US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million) 1808 – First practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri 1859
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April 25

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1449 – Anti-pope Felix V resigns 1507 – Geographer Martin Waldseemuller first used name America 1684 – Patent granted for thimble 1792 – Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier 1850 – Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices 1859 – Ground broken for Suez Canal 1861 – […]

April 24

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1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse 1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed 1800 – Library of Congress established with $5,000 allocation In 1800, as part of an act of Congress providing for the removal of the new national government from Philadelphia to Washington, […]

April 23

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1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance. 1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded 1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC 1861 – Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces
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Today in History April 20

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1453 – Three Genoese galleys and a Byzantine blockade runner fight their way through an Ottoman blockading fleet a few weeks before the fall of Constantinople. 1534 – Jacques Cartier begins his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador. 1657 – Freedom of religion is granted to the […]